Staff Reporter (Retail, Nonprofits)
Ethan Varian is a Staff Reporter covering the finance, retail and nonprofit sectors.
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ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd. has decided to voluntarily delist its shares from the New York Stock Exchange and to significantly curtail its operations, the Calabasas biotechnology firm announced Monday.
Shares of MannKind Corp. jumped more than 16 percent Tuesday after the Westlake Village biotech finalized a previously announced agreement with United Therapeutics Corp. to develop an inhalable drug to treat a form of hypertension.
Dole Food Co. has updated its logo as part of an effort to “refresh” its brand identity, the Westlake Village produce company announced Monday.
REAL ESTATE: Trade groups, companies oppose rent control.
Business groups oppose expanding rent control.
Management: David Phelps hopes to bring Hollywood productions to the Valley.
New chief executive at Sherman Oaks Chamber.
restaurants: Shares of chain operator drift lower after 30 percent pop.
Bright future for Dine Brands Global.
NONPROFIT: Seven civic leaders honored at Valley’s annual public service recognition.
Winners of the Armand Arabian award.
When he’s not working at his family’s business or his own private plastic surgery practice, Dr. Peter Grossman runs a foundation to provide health care to burn victims.
Peter Grossman of the Grossman Burn Center.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority broke ground on a project to improve bus speeds and safety on the Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley.
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander will step down at the end of the year to join live sports and entertainment company Oak View Group as executive vice president of government affairs, Englander announced Thursday.
The Valley area’s technology and biotech companies were among the hardest hit, reflecting a rough day for tech stocks at large.
Marcus & Millichap Inc. has acquired Canadian real estate firm Primecorp Commercial Realty Inc., the Calabasas brokerage announced Monday.
Eyenuk Inc., a Woodland Hills company that uses artificial technology to screen for diabetic complications in the eyes, will expand its service to a diabetes treatment center in Germany.
The Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce has hired David Phelps to replace outgoing Chief Executive Vicki Nussbaum, who announced her departure last month.
Rana Ghadban, president and chief executive of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce, will step down Nov. 28 to lead the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
FRANChISING: Volunteerism led to employment and now business ownership.
Couple with disabilities become owners of gym.
Hilton pays $50 million for Dole headquarters in Westlake Village
Hilton Foundation buys Dole Food Co. headquarters.
Marketer promotes local mechanics with discount package.
Businessman promotes local mechanics.
LIST: Government relations assume a bigger role at business organizations.
Business groups take lobbying role.
Camarillo public relations firm Marketing Maven has been selected to handle media relations for the Crypto Invest Summit at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Oct. 22 to 24.
CBRE Group Inc. has arranged $34 million in bridge financing for the recapitalization of the Valencia Corporate Plaza office property, the real estate firm announced Wednesday.
Avita Medical Ltd. has received a $1 million tax rebate from the Australian government, the biotechnology company announced Tuesday
JMPR Public Relations will represent motor oil and lubricant manufacturer Red Line Synthetic Oil, the Woodland Hills firm announced Wednesday.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Avita Medical Ltd.’s Recell system for treating severe burns, the biotechnology company said Friday.
Amgen Inc. has partnered with Los Angeles County to form a new organization aimed at advancing the region’s life sciences industry, the Thousand Oaks biotechnology company announced Thursday.
A $70 million renovation project is underway at the Westfield Topanga Mall in Woodland Hills, owner Westfield Corp. announced Wednesday.
AeroVironment Inc. has secured a nearly $6 million contract to provide its Raven drones to the Portuguese army, the Monrovia unmanned aircraft manufacturer has announced.
NONPROFIT: Candidates described as ‘cream of the crop’ for Valley’s lifetime volunteerism award.
The 60th annual Fernando Award gala will be held Oct. 6 at the Warner Center Marriot in Woodland Hills.
MEDICINE: Team of 60 personnel travel to work in two hospitals.
Mending Kids travels to Mozambique.
Exposure to dangerous chemicals on the job poses threat to health.
Rescue Wipes reduce carcinogens.
LIST: Programs provide internships, seminars and off-campus experience.
AEG, Amazon.com Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. are among the corporations that have established partnerships with Valley colleges and universities. Benefits for students range from ready-made career pipelines to a classroom at Staples Center.
Mexican chain brings fresh approach to brick-and-mortar shopping with store opening at Glendale Galleria.
Mexican retailer with fun format to open in Glendale
Vicki Nussbaum, chief executive of the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce, will leave the chamber in October to head the Century City Business Improvement District.
Cherokee Inc. reported a quarterly net loss of $9.1 million on Thursday, a 90 percent increase compared to the same quarter last year.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Friday that his office has filed criminal cases against 35 commercial cannabis retailers, labs, grow sites or delivery services in the San Fernando Valley.
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a one-year pilot program to regulate dockless electric scooters, paving the way for the introduction of potentially thousands of the vehicles to the San Fernando Valley.
Westlake Village BioPartners has launched its first $320 million venture fund to invest in life science and biotech companies.
Shares of MannKind Corp. jumped nearly 90 percent Tuesday after the Westlake Village biotech announced an agreement with United Therapeutics Corp. to develop an inhalable drug to treat a form of hypertension.
B-Real opens Dr. Greenthumb branded location in Sylmar.
Rapper opens pot shop in Sylmar.
For athletes in rehab, nitrogen vapor offers to stimulate circulation and healing at -200 degrees.
Cryotherapy in Encino.
REAL ESTATE: Valley businesses support shelters as solution.
Valley businesses support homeless shelters.
RESTAURANTS: Dine Brands’ lawsuit alleges $23 million owed in operating fees.
After Applebee’s second largest franchisee RMH Franchise Holdings Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection in May, Applebee’s parent company, Glendale-based Dine Brands Global Inc., sued to prevent RMH from liquidating its restaurants.
From workers’ comp reform to the November election, consultant Joel Fox talks California politics.
Veteran political consultant talks business.
Sterling Organization has purchased North Ranch Gateway, an 86,520-square-foot shopping center in Westlake Village, for $35 million.
California Credit Union honored 18 first-year Los Angeles Unified School District teachers during a Los Angeles Sparks basketball game at Staples Center.
The California Business and Industrial Alliance has ended discussions with the California Labor Federation to co-sponsor a bill to reform the Private Attorney Generals Act, also known as PAGA.
Tutor Perini Corp. has appointed Wendy Hallgren as general counsel, the Sylmar-based construction company announced Wednesday.
Lowe’s Cos. Inc. will shut down all Orchard Supply Hardware stores nationwide — including four locations in the Valley and one in Thousand Oaks — by February, the company announced in an earnings report Wednesday.
TRANSPORTATION: Low-income areas may get extra wheels.
Valley could benefit from new rules on electric scooters.